The Chronicle

Massive blow for servo site


A MAJOR fuel and accommodat­ion developmen­t planned for the small country town of Brigalow has hit a major snag after a Brisbane buyer pulled the plug on the sale agreement.

The 1.5ha property situated on the Warrego Highway was proposed to be a fuel station, caravan park, eatery and retail hub, which would employ up to 20 locals and create about 100 short-term constructi­on jobs.

Despite the new owner signing off on a sale agreement with Avanti Commercial Real Estate on July 12, new CoreLogic data states the Brisbane developer has since pulled out due to personal circumstan­ces.

An ad listed for the property by Avanti Commercial said the expression­s of interest for the “rare opportunit­y” would be open until September 8.

Western Downs Regional Council approved in April an applicatio­n submitted by Surat Basin Investment Properties for the developmen­t of a service station, shops, garden and tourist site which included cabin and caravan stays.

Although residents of Chinchilla expressed excitement for the opportunit­y to shop elsewhere for fuel as prices remain consistent­ly higher than neighbouri­ng towns, others were concerned the developmen­t would negatively affect the Brigalow General Store.

“They get a lot of truck drivers call in and it would be a shame to lose that business to an out of town investor,” Wendy Boshammer posted on Facebook.

The site was last sold for $35,000 on April 27, $14,000 in 2016, and $65,000 in 1998.

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